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Caltrans Active Transportation Program and Technical Assistance Underway

Sep 10, 2019 at 10:00am

Caltrans HQ Smart Mobility and Active Transportation Branch and their Technical Contractor team (Toole Design Group, Cambridge Systematics, WSP and MIG) are set to develop and implement a statewide strategy for public outreach and engagement related to the twelve District-Level Active Transportation Plans.  The effort will support the statewide framework under which the District plans will be prepared to engage the public about active transportation and mobility.

Caltrans HQ Smart Mobility and Active Transportation Branch and their Technical Contractor team (Toole Design Group, Cambridge Systematics, WSP and MIG) are set to develop and implement a statewide strategy for public outreach and engagement related to the twelve District-Level Active Transportation Plans.  The effort will support the statewide framework under which the District plans will be prepared to engage the public about active transportation and mobility. In general, the work involves:

  • providing guidance about effective public outreach and engagement strategies
    promulgating best practices, tools, techniques, and metrics related to public outreach and engagement to facilitate the development of District-Level Active Transportation Plans;
    and, helping to ensure that the plans achieve statewide consistency while allowing for district-specific variations.

This outreach effort furthers the implementation and roll-out of Toward an Active California (2017), the state's first statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan, Toward an Active California (2017), aims to achieve the following goals: safety, mobility, preservation, and equity.  The statewide plan calls for the development of District-Level Active Transportation Plans to identify bicycle and pedestrian asset needs on, across, or parallel to the State Highway System (SHS), with a focus on “closing gaps and building complete, comfortable networks that consider the context” (Chapter 5, M1.1).  In almost all cases, the multimodal networks will link SHS segments with segments of the local street system.  The district plans will also have a focus on social equity reflected through engagement with underserved and disadvantaged communities.  

The District-Level Active Transportation Plans are expected to ultimately lead to an increase in active transportation projects to support a shift in mode-share to active transportation trips.  They are also intended to identify opportunities to re-connect communities where transportation facilities have historically created community barriers (Toward an Active California, Chapter 5, E2.1 and S1.1).  The District-Level Active Transportation Plans will be data-driven, action-oriented, and project delivery-oriented.  The identified bicycle and pedestrian needed improvements – “location-based needs” – will be documented so that they can be incorporated into system and corridor planning, project initiation documents, asset management, and project delivery.